MWRD’s Stormwater Management Program’s mission is to provide support for communities to undertake capital improvement projects that reduce the potential for stormwater damages to life, public health, safety, property and the environment.
Local governments and public agencies within MWRD’s corporate boundaries can apply to become partners to fund and build stormwater management projects.
Call for Projects: MWRD is currently accepting project applications until March 12, 2021 for the Stormwater Partnership Program and the Flood-Prone Property Acquisition. Click on the following links to learn more.
The MWRD held an informational webinar on January 22, 2021 for the Local Stormwater Partnership Program and the Flood-Prone Property Acquisition Program. Click here to download the presentation.
Watershed Planning Councils
Watershed Planning Councils represent communities located within the six major watersheds in Cook County. They communicate the needs and interests of the members of the public and local governments to the MWRD. To learn more about each individual watershed, see the Watershed Plans below.
The Stormwater Management's Detailed Watershed Plans (DWP) identify and prioritize regional stormwater projects for each of the six watersheds based on a benefit-cost analysis. Projects were identified into two categories:
- Streambank stabilization projects address critical active streambank erosion threatening public safety, structures and/or infrastructure.
- Flood control projects address regional overbank flooding through traditional measures such as stormwater detention reservoirs, levees and conveyance improvements.
The Watershed-Based Plans (WBP) are a supplement to Stormwater Management's DWP. The WBP focuses on water quality and was prepared by Metropolitan Planning Council.
Stormwater Annual Reports
Cook County Stormwater Management Plan
IEPA Grant Opportunities
Two grant opportunities are available from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency:
- The Unsewered Communities Planning Grant Program
- Funding is available to develop a Project Plan that will address problems with the collection and treatment of wastewater. Eventually, this information could be used in the application for a project that would be funded by the Unsewered Communities Construction Grant Program.
- Applications are due November 30, 2020.
- The maximum award is $30,000. The award amount is based on median household income. No matching funds are required.
- For more information: https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/grants-loans/unsewered-communities/Pages/UCPGP.asp
- The Unsewered Communities Construction Grant Program
- Funding is available for projects which will provide wastewater collection and/or treatment solutions for areas where wastewater collection and/or treatment are presently nonexistent or inadequate.
- Applications are due December 31, 2020.
- The award range is $500,000 - $5,000,000. The award amount is based on median household income.
- No matching funds are required. This is a reimbursement grant.
- For more information: https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/grants-loans/unsewered-communities/Pages/UCCGP.aspx